Trial of Pasadena police officer begins today
In court Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Joe Owmby said Kacz, 26, fired his weapon at least three times at a passenger of a Ford Explorer that had cut him off during the early morning of March 23 on Beltway 8 near Spencer.
Kacz's attorney, Greg Cagle, said his client identified himself as an officer and followed the vehicle because it was "running lights and driving extremely dangerously." Kacz was not wearing a uniform. He was driving his personal Nissan pickup.
Kacz followed the Explorer, occupied by at least four people, into the parking lot of an apartment complex at 7201 Spencer. He showed his weapon and fought with Cornelio Barrera before the gun fired.
As Barrera got back in the car and fled, Kacz fired at least three more rounds, striking the Explorer's license plate, prosecutors said.
Barrera's brother, Esteban, testified that he was driving the Explorer when he cut off another vehicle, which led to the officer chasing them.
When they arrived at a red light, someone got out and tapped a gun on the sideview mirror, Esteban Barrera said. He said he ran the red light to flee because he thought the man would kill him. Cagle has said Kacz identified himself as an officer at that point, but Barrera said he did not hear that.